MEDALS TO 1920
Waterloo Medal CORP. WILLIAM GLOWEN, 28th REGIMENT FOOT. SOLD
Medal in very good condition and with original iron ring. William Glowen was born in 1884 in Tavistock, Devon and enlisted into the 28th Foot (North Gloucestershire Regiment) in December 1804. Stationed in Ireland until June 1809 when he went with the 2nd Battalion 28th Foot to Portugal. He was "wounded severely in the right arm at Albuhera 16 May 1811 when in action with the enemy." The muster rolls confirm that he was in hospital in Albuquerque, Spain from May to August 1811. On 25 August 1811 he transferred to the 1st Battalion, 28th Foot. The Muster Rolls states he was wounded 25 July 1813 at Maya. He remained at duty and so not a serious wound. 24 August 1814 promoted Corporal. The regiment returned to Ireland in September 1814 but returned to France 25 March 1815.
An old note with the medal also states that he was slightly wounded at Quatre Bras 16 June 1815 but gives no source. Major Llewellyn wrote:“It fell to the lot of the 28th to bear a leading share in this Action, and I may say they lost none of their former reputation. They were frequently hardly pressed, but never lost their discipline and their self-possession. Once, when threatened on two flanks by what Sir Thomas Picton imagined an overwhelming force, he exclaimed, “28th, remember Egypt.” They cheered and gallantly beat back their assailants, and eventually stood their position."
He served with his regiment at Waterloo 18 June 1815 when it played a critical part in defeating the first attack of D’Erlon’s French 1st Corps. Sir James Kempt wrote:“My Brigade consisted of the 28th, 32nd, 79th, and 1st Battalion 95th Regiments ..... at which critical moment, and just as the French Infantry were gaining the road and hedgerow which runs all along the crest of the position, I met it at the charge with the 28th, 32nd, and 79th Regiments in line, and completely repulsed the Enemy’s Column, driving it in a state of the greatest confusion down the slope of the position.”
In his Wellington's Waterloo despatch mentioned only one English Infantry Regiment by name:
“The troops of the 5th Division, and those of the Brunswick corps, were long and severely engaged, and conducted themselves with the utmost gallantry. I must particularly mention the 28th, 42nd, 79th, and 92nd Regiments, and the battalion of Hanoverians.”
The 28th returned to England September 1815. September 1817 to Malta and then to Corfu where he served until September 1825. He was invalided out at Chatham 30 September 1825 and settled in Plymouth. In 1847 he was awarded the Military General Service Medal with clasps Busaco, Albuhera, Vittoria, Pyrenees and Nivelle. He died in Plymouth 20 February 1858.
Captain Samuel Morris
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